Lighting Design 101

For many brides, the first time “lighting design” has ever entered their vocabulary is upon beginning planning of their special day.  It’s important to get an idea of some of the lighting basics that can truly make a statement on your wedding day. Lighting is something that creates a mood and an ambiance.  Lighting makes everything look better- your floral, your cake, your venue and even your guests!

Here are a few basic terms to help you when considering different lighting options:

Pinspots- A pinspot is a focused beam of light that shines directly on your centerpieces, your cake, etc.  Pinspotting is very important when choosing darker colored linens.  Since darker colors recede in most ballrooms, it’s important to highlight the floral or linens with pinspotting.  Pinspotting is also helpful if your venue has soaring high ceilings.

Gobos- A gobo is a circular stencil that is put over a light to project a design or pattern.  A neat way to personalize your wedding is to project your monogram and wedding date onto the dance floor with a gobo.

Uplighting- Uplighting is a blanket of color that is washed up the walls to change the tone of the room.  Choose your colors wisely!  Green might be too much, whereas amber warms the room and looks great on all skin tones.

LED- Short for light-emitting diodes.  This type of lighting is currently popular for weddings because it uses much less electricity and do not get hot, unlike regular, incandescent lights.  This type of lighting is great for color changes and vibrant colors.

Again, these are just some of the basics in lighting design.  We would love to consult with you and offer more specific suggestions for your event!

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One Response to Lighting Design 101

  1. Brett Polston October 26, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    Neat. I’m really looking forward to wedding day. Ta for the brilliant ideas.